Bhubaneswar : Rich tributes were paid to legendary freedom fighter Utkalmani Pt. Gopabandhu Das on his 139th birth anniversary.
Utkalmani was born to Swarnamayee Devi & Daitari Das on 9 Oct 1877 at Suando village near Puri. He played the lead role in creating Orissa a separate state based on linguistic criteria.
The Utkalmani’s statue at the Gopabandhu chak was garlanded by several noted personalities of Odisha. OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan, Union MoS Dharmendra Pradhan and several eminent personalities paid their tributes.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, SNSMT Chairman Suparno Satpathy and several others eminent personalities took to Twitter for paying their homage to the social reformer.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 9, 2016
My respects & homage on his 139th birth anniversary.
— Sh. Suparno Satpathy (@SuparnoSatpathy) October 9, 2016